PUERTO VALLARTA: Spring Breakers cancel by the thousands leaving huge financial losses


The wave of violence in Jalisco and comments by Donald Trump against Mexico are some of the reasons why the ‘spring breakers’ canceled their reservations in Puerto Vallarta, which implies losses close to $400 million pesos in economic output.

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The vice president of the National Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Services, (Canaco Servytur) in Puerto Vallarta, Martin Rodriguez Felix, says that it is a range of between 10,000 and 13,000 cancellations by American students, planned in the holiday period before Easter.

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Puerto Vallarta is within the lists of 10 cities with less perception of insecurity in the country, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi)

Travel alerts issued by the US Treasury Department, and the recent irregularities, such as the problems of public transport with operations against Uber, robbery of tourists, and abuses of tour operators, affected cancellations.

The so-called ‘spring break’ is the vacation period that students in the United States and Canada have during the spring, and a large part of them travel to Mexican beaches to have fun, and their average spending is around $30,000 pesos per person.

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It was in the middle of last year, when several press reports indicated that Puerto Vallarta was positioned as the second most important beach destination in the country, just below the Riviera Maya.

Their positioning led them to increase the hotel offer in 5 thousand rooms, achieving, according to local authorities indicated, be placed during the first six months of 2018 as the most sought after destination, above Cancun and Los Cabos.

Source: periodismohoy, vallartadaily

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